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Archives for June 2013

9 Months Postpartum with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Two years ago I underwent a partial thyroidectomy due to an inch size growth on the left side of my thyroid. Post surgery I learned that I was cancer-free, but I have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I started taking daily thyroid medication, and seven months later I began the autoimmune mom journey. Before Delivery Due to this thyroid autoimmune condition, throughout pregnancy

Autoimmune Blood Disorders: ITP, AHA, ALPS, APLS – How Are They Similar & Different?

In one sense, all autoimmune disease might be considered a “blood disorder”, in the sense that the problem common to all of them is a misdirected attack on various targets, by their own white blood cells, which are the body’s immune cells. Within this very broad category of autoimmune disease, there is a subset of conditions in which such attacks

Celiac Disease and Raynaud’s – Do They Go Together?

Autoimmune diseases, probably owing to a non-specific and poorly understood immunological response, often overlap or occur together.  That is, a patient with one diagnosed condition will commonly be found to have features of one or more other autoimmune diseases.  It appears, according to numerous anecdotal reports and a few case studies of patient experiences, those with celiac disease may indeed

A Guide to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis patients and their doctors are often frustrated beyond belief because of the disease’s propensity to vacillate among hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and normal thyroid (euthyroidism).  One minute you’re coping with Symptom Set A, and managing quite well. A week later, you’re plagued by the onset of Symptom Set B, which has you feeling altogether differently. It’s a whole new ball

Scleroderma – Symptoms, Progression + Coincidence With Other Autoimmune Disease

What are the signs and symptoms of scleroderma? Scleroderma, sometimes called systemic sclerosis, is a chronic autoimmune disorder involving the skin and sometimes other organs.   It may be thought of as a related group of disorders with varying symptoms, all categorized by the accumulation of abnormal fibrous (scar) tissue.  Some individuals have what is called “localized scleroderma,” with symptoms limited